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Definition of STICK

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Stick \Stick\, n. [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff, OHG. steccho, Icel. stik a stick. See {Stick}, v. t..]
     1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber. [1913 Webster]

              Withered sticks to gather, which might serve Against a winter's day.               --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick. [1913 Webster]

     3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax. [1913 Webster]

     4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     5. (Print.) A composing stick. See under {Composing}. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used. [1913 Webster]

     6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab. [1913 Webster]

     {A stick of eels}, twenty-five eels. [Prov. Eng.]

     {Stick chimney}, a chimney made of sticks laid crosswise, and cemented with clay or mud, as in some log houses. [U.S.]


     {Stick insect}, (Zool.), any one of various species of wingless orthopterous insects of the family {Phasmidae}, which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which they live. The common American species is {Diapheromera femorata}. Some of the Asiatic species are more than a foot long.

     {To cut one's stick}, or {To cut stick}, to run away. [Slang]
        --De Quincey.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Stick \Stick\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stuck}(Obs. {Sticked}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sticking}.] [OE. stikien, v.t. & i., combined with steken, whence E. stuck), AS. stician, v.t. & i., and (assumed) stecan, v.t.; akin to OFries. steka, OS. stekan, OHG. stehhan, G. stechen, and to Gr. ? to prick, Skr. tij to be sharp. Cf. {Distinguish}, {Etiquette}, {Extinct}, {Instigate}, {Instinct}, {Prestige}, {Stake}, {Steak}, {Stick}, n., {Stigma}, {Stimulate}, {Sting}, {Stitch} in sewing, {Style} for or in writing.]
     1. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast. [1913 Webster]

              And sticked him with bodkins anon.    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              It was a shame . . . to stick him under the other gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     2. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger. [1913 Webster]

              Thou stickest a dagger in me.         --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve. [1913 Webster]

              My shroud of white, stuck all with yew. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The points of spears are stuck within the shield.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth. [1913 Webster]

     5. To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards. [1913 Webster]

     6. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork. [1913 Webster]

     7. To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Print.) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

     9. (Joinery) To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck. [1913 Webster]

     10. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

     11. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

     {To stick out}, to cause to project or protrude; to render prominent. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Stick \Stick\, v. i.
     1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall. [1913 Webster]

              The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     2. To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely. [1913 Webster]

              A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
                                                    --Prov. xviii.
                                                    24. [1913 Webster]

              I am a kind of bur; I shall stick.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              If on your fame our sex a bolt has thrown,
              'T will ever stick through malice of your own.
                                                    --Young. [1913 Webster]

     3. To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed. [1913 Webster]

              I had most need of blessing, and "Amen" Stuck in my throat.                   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The trembling weapon passed
              Through nine bull hides, . . . and stuck within the last.                                 --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at. [1913 Webster]

              They will stick long at part of a demonstration for want of perceiving the connection of two ideas.
                                                    --Locke. [1913 Webster]

              Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney forged a will.                        --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

     5. To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation. [1913 Webster]

              This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable.                           --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     {To stick by}.
        (a) To adhere closely to; to be firm in supporting. "We are your only friends; stick by us, and we will stick by you." --Davenant. (b) To be troublesome by adhering. "I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me."
            --Pope.

     {To stick out}.
        (a) To project; to be prominent. "His bones that were not seen stick out." --Job xxxiii. 21. (b) To persevere in a purpose; to hold out; as, the garrison stuck out until relieved. [Colloq.]

     {To stick to}, to be persevering in holding to; as, to stick to a party or cause. "The advantage will be on our side if we stick to its essentials." --Addison.

     {To stick up}, to stand erect; as, his hair sticks up.

     {To stick up for}, to assert and defend; as, to stick up for one's rights or for a friend. [Colloq.]

     {To stick upon}, to dwell upon; not to forsake. "If the matter be knotty, the mind must stop and buckle to it, and stick upon it with labor and thought." --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

688 Moby Thesaurus words for "stick":
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stab, stabilitate, stabilize, stack the cards, staff, stake, stalk, stall, stand, stand by, stand fast, stand firm, stand for, stand no nonsense, stand on, stand out, stand still, stand the gaff, stand up, standing rigging, staple, station, stave, stay, stay it out, stay put, stay the distance, stay with it, steady, stem, stick at, stick by, stick close, stick fast, stick it, stick it out, stick of wood, stick out, stick to, stick to it, stick together, stick up, stick up for, stick with it, stiffener, stiletto, sting, stitch, stop, stop dead, stop short, stovewood, strain, strengthener, strike root, strip, stumble, stump, submit, suffer, support, supporter, surcharge, sustain, sustainer, swagger stick, swanking stick, swindle, switch, sword, tack, take a dive, take exception to, take hold of, take no denial, take root, take up with, take what comes, tap, tape, tarry, tea, tear, the boondocks, the bush, the country, the sticks, thimblerig, three-by-four, throw, throw a fight, thrust, 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